MHG18804 - Farmstead, Garvault, Loch Merkland


The remains of a well preserved farmstead including buildings, enclosures and cultivation remains.

Type and Period (1)

  • FARMSTEAD (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD? to 1878 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

This farmstead comprising one partially roofed, one unroofed building, two enclosures and an area of cultivation, is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Sutherland 1878, sheet li). One roofed building, one unroofed building and two enclosures are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10,560 map (1963).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 1 September 1995

Visited 13/04/2007. Extensive and well preserved medieval to post medieval farmstead occupying an area of relatively flat ground on the west shore of Loch Merkland. The farmsteading sits at the foot of Creag an Sgamhlainn, Meall an Fheur Loch and Creag nan Suibheag and is bordered on its south side by Garbh Allt. All buildings are now unroofed. The first edition 6" OS map shows the main access to the farmstead as via a track to the south-east, heading along the west side of Loch Merkland, linking this settlement to a farmstead MHG18672 (now occupied by Merkland Lodge) at the south end of the loch. It is not known in what condition, if at all, this path survives (access during this visit was gained from the north-west). Historic Landuse Assessment (HLA) zones this area as medieval/post-medieval settlement and agriculture. The entire site can be seen well on the following RAF aerial photographs: CPE/UK/181 (1946) 2429 & 2430; 106G/UK/163 3342 <1>.

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Grid reference Centred NC 3840 3208 (179m by 179m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC33SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND

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